Our government’s new Accessible Canada Act is the most significant piece of legislation for the rights of persons with disabilities in 30 years.
For the 14% of people who have a disability, including many seniors, the Act makes an important difference in their daily lives.
It ensures that federally regulated buildings and programs are accessible, including government departments and services, banks, airports, Crown corporations and more.
It opens up job opportunities for people with disabilities.
It reduces discrimination, and increases fairness.
Plus, it legally requires that there be opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in decision-making that directly impacts their lives.
Since entering politics 12 years ago, one of my goals has been to help Canada become a community where people with disabilities reach their individual potential and are recognized as valued citizens.
This legislation is the right thing to do, and I am proud to have been a part of it.
Speaking in Parliament about the Accessible Canada Act
To learn more, visit canada.ca.
Our Enabling Accessibility Fund helps organizations pay for renovations and new construction to make their spaces more accessible for staff, clients and the public.
For example, Scarboro United Church used the funding to build a barrier-free ramp to enter the building, add automatic doors, and more.
Projects were also funded at:
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